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Mon September 30, 2013
Fed Court To Hear Case Of Iraqi Sentenced To Life
A federal appeals court is scheduled in November to hear the case of an Iraqi man sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges while living in Kentucky.
The attorney for 25-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi will get to argue why he thinks his client's prison sentence should be reduced.
Prosecutors are opposing any reduction. A co-defendant, 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan, received a 40-year sentence in January. Hammadi and Alwan pleaded guilty in 2011 and 2012 to conspiring to ship thousands in cash, machine guns, rifles, grenades and shoulder-fired missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq in 2010 and 2011. Prosecutors said the two were working with a confidential informant.
Both were arrested in May 2011 in Bowling Green after a federal sting operation. Hammadi is being held in a maximum-security prison in Colorado.